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Crossroads Idol winner shut out but still singing

By KBell
Aug. 11, 2010 at 3:11 a.m.

An American Idol producer directs the show's opening scene outside the Frank Erwin Center in Austin on Wednesday. The crowd held up signs and yelled "I'm the next American Idol."

While more than 7,500 aspiring American Idols waited outside in the South Texas morning sun Wednesday, Enoe Garcia sat comfortably inside the Frank Erwin Center, awaiting his chance to perform for producers.

Garcia, 27, of Victoria, was able to jump the line after winning the Crossroads Idol competition, which was held at the Victoria Mall on Saturday and Sunday.

He outshined 33 other Hollywood hopefuls that weekend, but was unable to beat out the competition in Austin.

After performing with four other singers in front of the producers and an arena of people, Garcia was dismissed after the first round.

"Many people fail and get 'no's,'" Garcia said after the competition. "But you have to persevere, and at the end of the day, you have to be a success in your own eyes."

After winning the competition Sunday, Garcia said he wasn't in it for the fame, but for the fun.

Saying he wasn't too disappointed with the outcome, Garcia added, "I had so much fun and enjoyed the experience. It's something I'd never take back."

Garcia also was awarded a three-night stay in Austin for winning the Fox affiliate competition in Victoria. He said the entire hotel Tuesday night was flooded in song from the competitors who traveled to Austin from all over the country.

"It was good to see what was out there and see how I could spice up what I have," he said.

While Garcia had the VIP pass to wait inside the arena with about 20 other affiliate winners, most people were lined up around the outside of the building Wednesday morning.

Some even came the night before.

By 6 a.m., the crowd was flaunting their homemade signs and showing off their vocal skills to American Idol cameras, which were filming for the opening of the Austin audition show.

Producers instructed the herd to cheer things like "Austin" and "I'm the next American Idol" into a crowd-swooping camera.

Even though Garcia won't be the next American Idol, he said the elimination actually worked out with his plans.

He had previously committed to some church singing gigs in Atlanta and was scheduled to fly out Thursday morning.

"Music never stops," Garcia said on the way to the Houston airport. "Even though today didn't go as planned, I'll still sing and do what I do."



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